Nov. 11 Collin County News roundup

Happy Veterans Day! We are so thankful for your service for our country’s freedom.
– Plano Convention and Visitors Bureau

Collin County Regional Airport at McKinney hosted a new runway dedication. Federal, state and local officials were on hand for a brief ceremony at noon to commemorate the fully completed multi-year project.

Flags waving: The McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club and local Boy Scout Troops were out in full force placing nearly 1500 American Flags throughout McKinney this week.

McKinney honors Veterans: Collin County District Court Judge John R. Roach, Jr. will ask the Collin County Commissioners’ Court to approve the creation of the Collin County Veterans’ Court on Nov. 12. 

A sundown ceremony honoring Veterans will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney at 5:27 p.m. Sunday.
The Gospel Choir will appear in concert at Stonebridge United Methodist Church, 1800 S. Stonebridge Drive in McKinney. This performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday.
Frisco Coffee with the Mayor: Residents are invited to join Mayor Maher Maso for coffee and casual conversation the second Monday of each month from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Have a question for Mayor Maso? Come hear the answers over a cup of joe. The next will be Nov. 12. … Coffee with the Mayor usually meets at City Hall inside the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center, at 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. in the 5th floor City Room.
The Tom Thumb Texas Stampede just wrapped up at Allen Event Center. The Texas Stampede is not only one of the most exciting rodeos in the country, it is now one of the Top Four rodeos in the State of Texas. Texas Stampede partnered with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Bareback Riding, Tie-Down Roping and Barrel Racing.
The event also included the Texas Stampede Christmas Marketplace, Capital One’s Rodeo U, the Western Heritage display area, pony rides, a petting zoo and a concert by Tracy Lawrence. He is known for more than thirty singles on the Billboard country music charts. Eight reached Number 1, including: “Sticks and Stones” (1991), “Alibis”, “Can’t Break It to My Heart”, “My Second Home” (all 1993), “If the Good Die Young” (1994), “Texas Tornado” (1995), “Time Marches On” (1996) and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” (2006).

Flashing lights in Allen: In November, new flashing yellow arrow (FYA) signal lights will be installed at the intersections of Bethany and Malone, and Bethany and Cheyenne. The signal conversion to a flashing yellow arrow will replace the circular green indication light for left turns.

FYA signal conversions are being introduced nationwide as a result of a study conducted for the Federal Highway Administration. The study demonstrated that the new signals help to prevent crashes, move more traffic through an intersection, and provide additional traffic management flexibility.

In Allen, FYA signals will not be installed at every intersection. Signals will be changed as roadway projects occur and as funding allows. Overall FYA signal conversion will take years to complete.

Pets get a new view: Animals in transition either by happenstance or by owner’s choice find their way to the Plano Animal Shelter. Located on Plano Parkway between Coit Road and Commerce Street, the shelter has become a source of comfort to more than 7,000 animals over the past year.

Adoption changes everything, and though not every pet finds a home, it is a top priority. Last year 2,727 homes were found for shelter pets through the shelter’s recruitment efforts. They also partnered with local adoption groups and wildlife rehabilitators to place another 2,222 animals into new homes or back into their natural environments. A great example of this coordinated effort is occurring Saturday, November 10, when Sparky’s Pal will host Plano Pet Palooza at the Plano Animal Shelter. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., families looking to add a pet to their homes can meet the shelter’s current adoptable pets. Local pet-related businesses will be available to share information about their services and products as well.

Plano Town Hall: In-person or by call, you can join in the Plano Town Hall. On Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 7 to 8 p.m., you are invited to call (888) 409-5380 or visit Plano Municipal Center, 1520 Avenue K, where the City Council will serve as your special hosts. 
Feature on Ida Gebhart:

Special Olympics World Aquatics: Four athletes from Allen joined more than 300 others representing 29 countries from around the globe to compete in the inaugural Special Olympics World Aquatics Invitational on Sept. 11-16 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Allen swimmers Andrew Dennett, Rachel Seba, Jennifer Shepler and Emmily Blackburn were chosen for the experience of a lifetime because of their combined athletic ability and exemplary citizenship. They were part of a 15-member contingent representing Texas. Five other states – Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia and Nebraska – also fielded teams from the United States in a competition that sported athletes from as far away as China.

Health: As the mother of twins who were born prematurely last December, Frisco resident Dawn McKeag knows a thing or two about the potential health impacts facing newborns — especially preemies. The biggest obstacle McKeag says she and her husband, Chris, faced in caring for their children was respiratory syncytial virus.

Plano Police detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying more potential victims of a Plano man who was recently arrested for indecency with a child. D’Aundre Douglas, 22, was arrested last week but is currently out on bond from the Collin County Jail.


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